Two woman from Mpumalanga have been sentenced for faking their qualifications to land jobs, and face losing their pensions of R600,000 each.

Nonjabulo Bahle Mabuza, 47, and Sibongile Rose Khuzwayo, 50, received wholly suspended sentences of 10 years’ imprisonment from the Volksrust regional court for fraud. They both pleaded guilty.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Mabuza and Khuzwayo applied for employment as teachers at the Mpumalanga education department. On July 1 2006, the department approved their appointments at the PLi level at the Wakkerstroom circuit office.

Khuzwayo was employed at Hambani Primary School and Mabuza at Seme Secondary School.

In her application for employment, Khuzwayo submitted a fraudulent senior certificate of a person who had died.

Mabuza submitted a fraudulent Bachelor of Education degree, purportedly issued by the University of Pretoria.

The department became suspicious about the qualifications in 2017 and requested the two to submit their qualifications.

The pair resigned, but the department opened a case which resulted in the arrests of Mabuza and Khuzwayo and their subsequent convictions.

Magistrate Snowy Masango told the court the pair defrauded the nation.

The state prosecutor and deputy director of public prosecutions, advocate Patrick Nkuna, applied for confiscation of their pension funds in the amount of R600,000 each.